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Title Bolf - Levelling the Playing Field
Author Bill Croft
Publisher Bill Croft, Deagon, Brisbane, Australia
First published 1989
Edition reviewed 5th
List price Booklet $A14.00; ebook $A10.00
Cover size (cm)
(height x width)
21.0 x 14.5 (booklet); 29.7 x 21.0 (ebook)
Number of pages with Coloured photos Black & white photos Line drawings
  1 None 5
Availability The Bolf website has been taken down and the 25-page soft cover booklet is therefore no longer available other than as a second-hand version - possible sources of which can be found at Buying Books. Of course, you may find a 37-page printed ebook - both versions having identical content.
Synopsis Bill Croft, the author of Bolf, is an Australian National Coach and Umpire. In 1985 the idea of producing a bowls game that accurately measured skills and produced valid comparisons between players first appealed to him. He considered the values espoused by golf and its handicap system, and wondered whether a game could be played on a bowls green using a mixture of the two great ancient games. Thus was born Bolf, so named because it contains elements of both games.

Bolf is a systematic method of playing bowling shots of varying degrees of difficulty that can be measured and given a value. Its purpose is to improve the skills of bowlers by presenting to them a system which indicates where their strengths and weaknesses lie, and in doing so enables them to work on these revealed areas to effect the desired improvements. The latest (5th edition) includes samples of different Bolf scorecards together with an example of one that's been completed.

Bolf can be played as a game, employed as a coaching tool or used as a handicapping mechanism.